Dr Ian McPherson OBE is a Director of Improving Health and Wellbeing UK (IHWUK) a Community Interest Company. He is also a Non Executive Director of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and with the Mental Health Division of Care UK, as well as a Board Director for the International Initiative in Mental Health Leadership.

Ian is the former Director of the National Mental Health Development Unit (NMHDU), the agency established by the Department of Health in England to put policy into practice and best practice into policy, and prior to that was Director of the National Institute of Mental Health in England (NIMHE). A Clinical Psychologist by professional background, Ian worked as a practitioner, researcher and trainer, before moving into service development and management. He then had 9 years as Director of Mental Health for two large NHS Trusts before taking up his post with NIMHE. Through these different roles Ian has gained experience of promoting change in mental health services from clinical, managerial and policy perspectives. He also has personal experience of mental health problems since childhood.

He was awarded the OBE for services to mental health in 2012.